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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has ordered a Fergus Falls man to remove the road he built on federally protected wetland. Forty-nine-year-old James Bosek was also sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday and was ordered to restore the wetland on his rural Douglas County property. WCCO-TV ( http://cbsloc.al/YHBOoL ) says the land Bosek owns is subject to a perpetual easement that the Department of Interior purchased in 1963.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market. By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It would seem a lobbyist's dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls. Yet, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate next month. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis and a man injured in the September mass shooting in town are calling on Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to help pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales. John Souter was expected Thursday morning to join Mayor R.T. Rybak in Minnetonka, part of Paulsen's district, to urge the Republican congressman to vote for universal background checks in Congress. A spokesman for Paulsen did not return a request Wednesday for comment on his stance.
TORONTO (AP) -- Research In Motion says it sold about 1 million of its critically important new BlackBerry 10 devices and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter. BY ROB GILLIES Associated Press TORONTO (AP) -- Research In Motion says it sold about 1 million of its critically important new BlackBerry 10 devices and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- A judge in South Africa says Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, can leave South Africa to compete in international competition, with conditions. By GERALD IMRAY Associated Press
ST. PAUL — Mikko Koivu scored at 2:43 of overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 comeback victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, extending the Wild’s winning streak to seven and the Coyotes’ skid to seven. Koivu skated out from the corner and beat goalie Jason LaBarbera between the pads. Minnesota tied it with 54.3 seconds left in regulation, with Ryan Suter scoring on a wrist shot from the left point with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom off for an extra attacker. Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, and Backstrom stopped 24 shots.
Shaka Smart and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the basketball coach at the school. The details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve “program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches,” athletic director Ed McLaughlin said. It also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant looks just fine at playing small forward. Bryant had 31 points and seven assists in his first game there filling in for the injured Metta World Peace to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-117 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, their 22nd straight win over the Timberwolves.